Hive India MakerFest'14 Ahmedabad

Mozilla as a Technical partner coordinated with MakerFest which happened this January 4th and 5th and is a kick-off start for the Indian Community with a series of events and campaigns at the very year start. About 3000+ participants turned up to the Mozilla Stall present at MakerFest'14

About MakerFest:

Maker Fest is an all-ages showcase and celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, a place to meet and interact with likeminded top-notch innovators from different walks of life. It aims to bring together a community of creators and makers spanning the length and breadth of India and give them a platform to showcase their ideas and creations. It is designed to be a uniquely Indian maker activity to celebrate and exhibit the maker movement in India.

Following in the footsteps of Maker Faires across America, Europe, Africa, and Japan, among others, Maker Fest is part innovation fair, part art show, and part celebratory festival that hopes to inspire everyone to become an inventor. At Maker Fest, we commemorate the entire journey of making: not just the final product, but also all the learning experiences that come along with trying something new.

Event on reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/hive-india-makerfest14-ahmedabad/
Hash-Tag: #MakerFest2014
Facebook Fan Page: fb.com/MakerFest

Event Idea:

The event idea stays simple. We had a 20 x 10 size booth where the participants turned up to know what this is all about. The participants and enthusiasts were School/Pre-university kids mostly. Most of them were really interested about the Webmaker tools since it's fun.






It was basically a two day event. The below pics shows how beautiful the crowd is at the stall and the interest they show in learning what's up with Mozilla.





Webmaker initiative aspects:

* Depending on the age groups and level of grasping, we have let the kids know how beautiful is remixing and hacking with the Webmaker tools.
* Quite a good number of teachers who turned up to the booth were excited about the tools and learnt how to make Popcorn videos so as they can teach their kids.
* As a part of getting involved with Mozilla, the participants were taught how to conduct kitchen parties.

Developer aspects:

* A good number of students from Engineering background were surprised to see the Keon, Peak and the ZTE Consumer preview devices as they felt interesting.
* The developers used the mobiles, which are available and felt great. We let them know how to develop apps and helped them giving the links of basic app development.
* Many started questioning, when are these devices available in India and all we could throw is a smile.

Contributor Engagement and Community Building:

* Gujarath is the state where there is less Mozilla presence. Hence we thought having a PAN India event here would be helpful in recruiting contributors.
* Event requests had been flooding after The MakerFest'14. One in  Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Vasad.
* App Days at SVBIT College.

Other Partners include: